Rebuilding and Recovering Lives
Through the power and love of Christ
A Passion for People
Bernie Gilligan was saved from an extensive life of sin at the age of 30 on Feb. 7, 1994. Still in a battle with an addiction to alcohol Bernie ran from the Lord for 6 years. The Lord allowed Bernie to sink lower and lower in misery until one day he asked the Lord for one more chance and asked the Lord to remove the desire for alcohol from him. On June 24, 2000, the Lord answered Bernie's prayer and gave him the victory over his addiction. Shortly thereafter, Bernie's brother died from his injuries shortly after a tragic accident at the age of 40. As a result of these events, Bernie got back in to church and started growing as a Christian.
In 2005, while attending Bible institute classes, preacher boy’s classes, as well as having opportunities to give his testimony in church and in prisons, Bernie surrendered to God's call to preach the Gospel. Bernie met his wife Christina in church and they were married in 2005. They now have 2 daughters, Abigail and Ruthie. Soon after they were married, Bernie and Christina surrendered to full time service as missionaries to the prisons. The Lord has used the Gilligan family over the years to reach hundreds of prisoners with the Gospel. Through preaching and teaching in the prisons as well as aftercare ministries, housing men that have been released, picking men up for addictions programs on Friday nights, and bringing groups of men to church on Sunday.
The Gilligan's moved their ministry to Bethel Baptist Church in November of 2018 where the Pastor and members have a heart for the men and the ministry and minister to the men alongside the Gilligan's on a weekly basis.